Flying has been a ballache for as long as I can remember – it takes ages, costs loads, there’s nowhere to put your bags and it’s usually really uncomfortable – but it seems like airlines are finally listening to the passenger and are striving to make flying a better experience and win your custom.
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One way in which KLM are seeking to do this is by providing draft beer on their flights now, rather than those shitty little cans you get that are always flat and gross. It turns out that this was a bigger challenge than you might expect though – airlines ban CO2 canisters and the air pressure in the plane would result in a really heady pint, so they had to develop a whole new style of keg in order to make this happen.
Heineken’s Edwin Giffioen explained:
It was one big jigsaw puzzle, as the keg of beer, the cooling system and the air pressure compressor all had to fit in an airline catering trolley.
We managed to set the diameter of the tap and the air pressure to exactly the right combination, which delivers at 36,000 feet exactly the same beer as you would get on the ground.
We’ll be able to fit 4 kegs on a plane from now on.
4 kegs eh? Sounds like a party to me.
But seriously though this is going to benefit anyone that wants to get loaded on a plane or maybe just if they want to have one single solitary beer it’s going to be a lot nicer than it used to be. It’ll probably get KLM a few new customers too. KLM are hoping to introduce it as soon as August.
Let’s hope it continues the recent trend in innovation on airplanes that doesn’t seem to have existed since I’ve been born. If you want to know some excellent airport hacks for when you’re travelling, click here.